Now that our soldiers are home, what will we have them do? There are a number of wars that continue to rage on, including those against drugs and the conflict that rages on our southern border, depending on to whom you speak. Our armed services readiness has been tested steadily for the past decade, and now it's drawn down, just like that. What's a soldier to do with all that extra time? Find a job when unemployment continues to hover at nearly ten percent?
If you can find a job in private security, that could use your most recent skill set. Blackwater can sell you the gear you might need, and if you can track down the corporation formerly known as Blackwater, formerly Xe, and currently called Academi, you might find some work tracking down people who are not corporations. "Security" is still a growth industry, as evidenced by the Obama administration awarding Academi a two hundred and fifty million dollar contract to work for the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan.
Don't want to travel overseas? Well maybe you can do what Benjamin Colton Barnes did: Take your experience and apply it here in the good old U.S. of A. Benjamin went for a little hike in Mount Rainier National Park, heavily armed and suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He allegedly shot and killed Margaret Anderson, a park ranger. He's angry and heavily armed. If you're betting that this will end well, think again. Another body was found in the park a day later. The Washington State Patrol, U.S. Forest Service and FBI, were on the mountain Sunday and Monday, but none of them could put Benjamin back together again.
Welcome home Benjamin.